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UTA In The News — Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

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Smart technology for seniors and people with disabilities

University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model "Smart Care" apartment this week that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to live independently in their own homes, Medical Xpress, Military Technologies and ECN reported. The federal Health Resources and Services Administration provided more than $600,000 in funding for the five-year project, which has been a collaborative effort involving premier faculty from the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the College of Engineering.

Preparing for the digital wave

A new, comprehensive metastudy of the role technology plays in higher education urges universities of tomorrow to capitalize on technologies that effectively support student learning, to embrace blended learning environments, and to customize degree programs to serve the needs of students in a digital age, reported. 

Connecting with Silicon Valley

The University of Texas at Arlington announced a new partnership with a longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur and alumna who will establish a strategic outpost to match technology developed within the University with investors and corporate partners, Military Technologies reported. As part of the partnership, an agreement between GrandCanal Solutions, a supply chain optimization company, and the UT Arlington Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering will focus on resolving industrial engineering issues within the complexity of today’s outsourced supply-chain environments.

University Crossroads receives grant

Arlington Assembly announced it will provide UT Arlington a $10,000 grant for University Crossroads, a program aimed at helping local students navigate the road to higher education, reported. The UTA funding was part of $100,000 in grants to various community agencies through the General Motors Foundation’s Plant City Grants program. These grants will be used to help fund essential outreach programs aimed at building a stronger community and enriching lives in the Arlington area.

Ranking colleges

UT Arlington and others topped the Dallas Business Journal's list of value-added universities in an article investigating what a person's degree is worth.

Racing to the top of the list

University of Texas at Arlington engineering student Olan Blount has been chosen as a member of a select college group that builds and designs race cars, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. Blount, a 2012 Waco High School graduate, was one of 24 people chosen to be a member of the school’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers team. Students on the team not only design and build the race cars, they also make the carbon fiber components.